My name is Will Duchon. I live in Stratford, CT.

In 2003 I encountered Mr. Shane Watson, who is currently serving a 25 year to life sentence for second-degree murder. After careful review of the case transcripts, police reports, trial transcripts and other documentation, it became clear that Shane is not guilty of this crime. His case is an example of flawed "eyewitness" testimony, an incredibly flimsy prosecution, and essentially a travesty of justice. Shane is 49 years old, and has been in prison since 1993.

Along with some dedicated friends from Pleasantville Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville, NY, Monroe Congregational Church in Monroe, CT, the fine attorney Robert Boyle of New York City, and our dedicated investigator Doug Walters of Chicago, I am seeking to have Shane's conviction overturned so that ultimately, he will be free to enjoy his life.

This blog is simply a way to share Shane's story as well as new and current information regarding his case. I encourage you to read the posts that describe the details of his case. It is also an opportunity to learn about how flawed the criminal justice system is.

For details of the Shane Watson case, please read the SUMMARY by our investigator, Doug Walters.

Thank you for visiting.

Shane Watson's mailing address:

Mr. Shane Watson


Fishkill Correctional Facility

PO Box 1245

Beacon, NY 12508

Thursday, December 18, 2014


On this night, just seven days before Christmas 2014, here is an important and timely plea.

On behalf of Shane Watson's supporters, family, friends, and most importantly, Shane himself, I call upon the Appellate Court to exercise mercy and SANITY by granting Shane a new trial which would ultimately pave the way for Shane to FINALLY be free.

Next Thursday, Shane will spend his 22nd Christmas in prison, locked in a cage like an animal although he is an innocent man.

The message of Christmas is the healing power of light coming into the darkness. May December 25, 2014 be the last time Shane spends Christmas Day behind bars. May the Appellate Court have the wisdom and common sense to recognize how flawed and contrived the DA's case against Shane is, and has always been.

The criminal justice system's level of integrity is only as high as its ability to recognize and correct errors it makes. Let us hope that the Appellate Court displays such integrity.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Next Friday, November 21, 2014 will be Shane's 49th birthday. Shane entered prison just before his 28th birthday.

If you would like to send a card, I am sure that Shane will appreciate it. In a recent letter I promised Shane that from now on I will use LARGE FONT since he is becoming a senior citizen now.

Shane's address:

Mr. Shane Watson
c/o Fishkill Correctional Facility
PO Box 1245
Beacon, NY 12508

Monday, November 10, 2014


Thank you for your support of Shane's case.

From this point forward all donations should be sent directly to our attorney, Robert Boyle.

Checks or money orders may be sent by mail:

 277 Broadway, Suite 1501
 New York, NY 10007

Thank you!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Contributions needed!

We are trying to raise $3500 for current legal fees for the appeal.

 There are TWO easy ways to contribute:

1) PAYPAL: simply click on the "Donate" button on the homepage of this blog in order to make a secure online contribution via PayPal.

2) Mail a check to our attorney:

 277 Broadway, Suite 1501
 New York, NY 10007

Thank you!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Appeal to the NY State Supreme Court has been FILED

On August 21, 2014, our attorney, Robert Boyle filed a 36-page "Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Leave to Appeal" to the Appellate Division of the NY State Supreme Court.

This means that the Appellate Division will now decide whether or not to accept Mr. Boyle's arguments and overturn Judge Richard Price's denial of our previous motion. This is all a long-winded way of saying that the Appellate Court, should it accept the case for review, has the power to grant Shane a new trial. Mr. Boyle feels that the Appellate Court will, in fact, review the case and not reject it summarily.

The 36-page document prepared by Mr. Boyle states the facts of the case, and goes on to argue on Shane's behalf citing testimony from last summer's motion hearings in Judge Price's courtroom. It is compelling reading, by any account.

Thank you for your continued interest in this case. As always, I urge you to drop a line of encouragement to Shane :

Mr. Shane Watson
DIN 93A9384
Fishkill Correctional Facility
PO Box 1245
Beacon, NY 12508

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Let Us Not Lose Heart

I appreciate those who made the effort to call WBAI in New York City urging the station to share Shane Watson's story. At this writing there has been zero response from WBAI. This is very disappointing and further evidence of my perception of so-called "progressive-minded" organizations. When FOX News and right-wing radio/television entities spew their venom it is only natural to feel sickened by this kind of blatant ignorance and arrogance. In some ways, being ignored by WBAI (and to be fair, other media outlets I've tried to engage many times) is equally sickening and disappointing. FOX and its ilk have no pretense regarding their biased propaganda. WBAI, on the other hand, enjoys projecting an image of being the anti-FOX network, preaching about diversity, being a voice for the voiceless, being "free-speech radio" and other lofty claims. Yet WBAI to this point has not even extended the courtesy of a reply in ANY form to our calls and emails regarding someone who is truly "voiceless". Obviously, the so-called right-wing media does not have a monopoly on indifference.

Despite this, I ask that followers of Shane's case continue to reach out in any way to media, writers, newspapers, denominational publications, etc. On that note, another disappointment has been the UCC's (United Church of Christ) "Justice & Witness Ministries" office in Cleveland, Ohio, which advertises thus on its website
"In the United Church of Christ, we do justice. We started in the 60's with the Civil Right movement. We've been advocating for gay rights since the 70's. We took on environmental racism in the 80's. And in 2005, we were the first church in America to endorse marriage equality. We're doing justice. Join us."
I contacted this office five years ago and spoke to someone at length about Shane's case. Interestingly, the individual I spoke with happened to have grown up in the Bronx, NY and knew that neighborhood where Shane lived very well. Claiming to be "interested", the end result of our repeated correspondence was a blurb in a UCC publication about The Opus 30 Mission. Beyond that, nothing: no follow-up, no effort to assist in any way. This despite my personal connection with a UCC church in Monroe, CT, for starters.

Shane's most recent letter was typically upbeat and hopeful. He recounted incidents from the motion hearings and remains encouraged by the impending appeal. On the back of the envelope, as usual Shane wrote a scripture quotation, this time Galatians 6:9: "Let us not lose heart doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary."

Monday, August 11, 2014


ON TO THE APPELLATE COURT:Our case is headed to the Appellate Court in NY, where hopefully it will be reviewed with a modicum of common sense and intelligence. Because the Appellate Court is comprised of a panel of judges, there is a better chance for a fair review since the final decision as to a new trial will not be made by ONE judge, as was the case with our motion hearing last summer. As you recall, our motion for a new trial was denied by Judge Richard Price.

In a letter dated August 4, 2014, Shane confirms this truth: "Appellate Courts have to clean up the mess by overturning decisions and sending the case back to the lower courts for trial.. I am glad that mostly everyone was there (in Judge Price's courtroom) to witness the miscarriage of justice. It's one thing to hear about it and believe it, but to SEE it is something else, isn't it?"

WBAI Radio (http://www.wbai.org) In a recent blog posting here "Thank You WBAI", I retold the account of how I first came into contact with Shane through the radio station WBAI in New York City back in 2003. The eleven years that have transpired since have led to our present situation, filing an appeal of our motion. After eleven long years, filing a motion to the Appellate Court may seem like a minimal effort considering the time frame. Did it really take ELEVEN years to do what seems such an obvious strategy? In fact, the answer (sadly) is yes. For the past eleven years I have tried to generate wider publicity about Shane's case, contacting networks, law schools, media outlets, writers and individuals. For the past eleven years we have struggled to find (hire) an investigator, and were finally shown a stroke of grace when Doug Walters stepped forward and essentially did the necessary investigative work (voluntarily and completely unpaid) which made it even possible for our attorney Robert Boyle to file a motion for a new trial last summer. Additionally, supporters of Shane's case have contributed to the legal expenses and also have corresponded with Shane as a way to offer moral support.

After the blog posting about WBAI I called the station, and emailed Berthold Reimers, WBAI's General Manager. It seemed to me that because it was through WBAI that The Opus 30 Mission came into being, the station would be willing to participate in telling Shane's story. WBAI prides itself on being a "voice for the voiceless", and a champion for progressive reporting, which is true. Shane's story transcends Shane Watson, as it represents a common occurrence in the justice system, and I have always believed that Shane's story is compelling BECAUSE it is so "ordinary". There are no sensational elements that usually drive media interest: celebrity, power, sex, scandal, etc., etc. Shane's case is "ordinary" because it demonstrates just how easy it is for an innocent person to be tried and convicted, especially when that innocent person is poor, young, Black or Hispanic. Summary: this is a perfect WBAI story.

Why then has the station ignored my calls and emails? I have suspicions about the answer to this question, but the productive response would be to urge you and anyone else to please reach out to WBAI and ask Berthold Reimers or another producer there to give Shane's story attention.
Call WBAI! 212-209-2900 or 347-903-2986
You can also email WBAI Station Manager Berthold Reimers using THIS LINK

Thank you,
Will Duchon
The Opus 30 Mission

If you care to write a note of encouragement to Shane, the address is;
Mr. Shane Watson
DIN 93A9384
Fishkill Correctional Facility
PO Box 1245
Beacon, NY 12508